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Swing (I) (2002)

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Max is on holiday at his grandmother's place in the Elzas in France. He's fascinated by the guitar playing of gypsy Miraldo. In exchange for writing letters to the social security ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Oscar Copp ...
Max
Lou Rech ...
Swing
Tchavolo Schmitt ...
Miraldo
Mandino Reinhardt ...
Mandino
Abdellatif Chaarani ...
Khalid
Fabienne Mai ...
Max's grandmother
Ben Zimet ...
Dr. Liberman
Hélène Mershtein ...
Puri Daï
Colette Lepage ...
Miraldo's wife
Alberto Hoffman ...
Calo
Marie Genin ...
Max's mother
Sha-Sha ...
Farida
Moïra Montier-Dauriac ...
Moïra
Ghalia Benali ...
Ghania
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Max is on holiday at his grandmother's place in the Elzas in France. He's fascinated by the guitar playing of gypsy Miraldo. In exchange for writing letters to the social security institutes he gets guitar lessons from Miraldo. He becomes friends with Swing, a boyish gypsy girl, who shows him nature and takes him to exuberant musical evenings. Written by depruis

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Great, soulful music; and moments of pure, joyful youth.
21 April 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

In this film we join a young boy Max, who spends the summer in the company of Gypsies, taking guitar lessons and learning about their culture, their way of life, and their people.

It's a gorgeous film, full of interesting faces & fascinated with the nature. The camera is patient and joyous--a reliable witness to a life and a people.

Music is the centerpiece of the film, as it is in Gypsy culture. The musical sequences are amazing, animated and warm.

But the movie is not a flimsy excuse for music, either--it holds and surrounds the music, weaving it into vignettes about Max's summer, and of the gypsy girl he has befriended, Swing.

In the comments I've read here people always mention the lack of story. I'm not sure what they are complaining about. There are actually three stories here: the music, the Gypsies themselves, and the story of a young boy and girl.

Between the soul-stirring music and the joyful enthusiasm of youth, I was deeply affected. In turns I smiled, laughed, clapped, and tapped my feet to the music. A most enjoyable time at the movies.


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